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Drunk driving accidents may prompt wrongful death civil suits

The decision to drink or take other intoxicating substances does not only affect a driver's future; it may also lead to another family losing a loved one. In the event that a crash can be attributed to drunk driving, the victims' families may have recourse to seek justice through a wrongful death civil lawsuit. Recently, Tennessee officials arrested and charged a man with killing a woman while he was driving impaired

The crash was reported around 9 p.m. on a recent Friday evening. According to officials, a 39-year-old man was driving his full-size pickup along a local road near a bridge. For reasons that are yet unclear, the driver's truck collided with the rear of the vehicle traveling ahead of him. The 49-year-old female then lost control of her car.

Watch for delayed symptoms of car accident injuries

Injuries from a car accident run the gambit from bruising and whiplash to broken bones and life-altering disabilities. Oftentimes it’s obvious what kind of physical impact a car accident victim experiences, but delayed symptoms may show up hours or even days after a crash.

Seeking medical attention and staying aware of physical symptoms after a crash are two important elements of recovering from an accident. Even if nothing appears or feels wrong, a full physical evaluation can prevent pain and worsening conditions from developing after the fact.

Driving drowsy: A leading cause of vehicle crashes

Many individuals experience drowsiness at the wheel after a lack of sleep. A routine of traveling to and from work daily may cause drivers to zone out and be inattentive to changing traffic conditions. Driving while tired impairs reaction time and may result in a serious personal injury lawsuit against you.

Drivers that exhibit habits of sleepiness behind the wheel may eventually cause an accident. To prevent a personal injury lawsuit against them, drivers should always treat driving a vehicle as a life-or-death action. Everyone may be at risk of driving while tired, and everyone may be at risk for injury by a driver who has fallen asleep at the wheel.

Latest in Tennessee car accidents kills 3 people; charges likely

Traveling along Tennessee's highways can be challenging under the best conditions. When motorists fail to exercise due diligence at all times, then serious car accidents are an ever-present danger. Recently, one family experienced the devastation of losing several members in a fatal crash.

According to the initial report, the fatal wreck was caused when a 53-year-old driver, who was traveling in a southbound direction along 11W, failed to maintain his lane position. His full-size pickup truck then veered across the lane dedicated to turning vehicles and collided in a side-swipe accident with a second vehicle traveling north. That car was being driven by a 37-year-old woman who was traveling with two other adult passengers with the same last name and an unidentified minor. The three adults all perished in the crash, and the child suffered undisclosed injuries.

5 reasons why personal injury claims get complicated

A car accident happens in a matter of seconds. The damages that result from an accident last much longer. Injury after an accident can lead to present and future issues, both physically and financially. You will want to seek compensation for your injuries due to a negligent driver. In the beginning, you might feel like filing a personal injury claim by yourself is adequate. There are some important aspects of the process to consider first.

How much is too much when talking to insurance companies?

In Tennessee, many people spend their days on state highways traveling for work, going back and forth from jobs, and visiting friends and family. Time on the road, whether it be day or night, opens the opportunity for an accident. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, 47,987 crashes occurred from 2007 to the present. If a collision happens, victims of negligent driving can be left defenseless. This frightening situation brings up many big questions, including: “What’s next?” and “Who pays for this?”

 

What to know about wrongful death claims

Imagine driving along on a highway one day and someone hits your car. You are traveling with your loved one who does not survive the accident. You later find out from a police officer that the driver who hit your car was driving drunk.

In these types of situations, the unexpected loss of a loved one can be devastating, and it is understandable to want to hold the appropriate party responsible. This can be possible with a wrongful death claim.

What happens if I get into a car accident with Uber?

Ridesharing services, like Uber or Lyft, crushed taxi competitors in 2017 and are still seeing growth with new apps popping up every day. But did you ever wonder, in the backseat of your Uber, what would happen if you got into a car accident right now?

It helps for any rider to understand their rights in case of an accident – especially if a rideshare service is involved. However, you need to understand how liability is placed in these unique accidents and what you can do after to help your interests.

Was the car accident my fault?

If you were recently involved in a car accident, you might be worried about a lot of different issues like insurance and paying for damage. You might not be sure if the accident was your fault.

Determining fault in a car accident can be confusing, but it’s how insurance companies figure out who’s going to pay and how much they owe.

How long is the statute of limitations in Tennessee?

You were traveling in a vehicle with several other people when a truck driver decided to merge into your lane unexpectedly. There was no lane open to merge into yourself, which resulted in your vehicle getting hit by the truck.

Months later, you're still struggling with injuries. You need to focus on your health, so you haven't even thought about suing. The problem with this is that you could be running out of time.

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